Tips for Having a Happy Dog


You know just how much joy your dog brings to your life, but you also bring a lot of joy to your dog's life as well.  There are so many ways you can enhance that. While your dog will be grateful that you provide him or her with food, shelter, and protection, there are always things you can do to make your dog's life that little bit better.

In this post, we’re going to take a look at some key steps for ensuring that your dog is a happy one. Incorporate your furry family member into your lifestyle, and you’ll see your dog’s happiness soar.

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Long Walks

If your dog gets excited about exploring, consider giving him or her that extra time for some longer, exploratory walks. While you might not have the time to go on a long walk every single day, you could try to do so a few times a week. Locate a natural area close to your home, and let your dog direct the pace. Your fur baby will love it.

Part of the Family

Dogs are pack animals, which means that they have a strong sense of attachment to the people they consider to be their family.  If you want to make them happy, be sure to include them in all of your happenings. If you’re watching a movie on the sofa, allow them to sit with you. If you have a BBQ in your yard, allow them to be around. It’s also worthwhile to foster the relationship between your pet and the other family members. Animals can subconsciously pick up when someone doesn’t like them.

Eating Well

Dogs are like humans in many ways. In order for humans to be happy, we have to exercise, build connections, and eat well. The same applies to our dogs. They have to run with joy sometimes. They have to feel like they belong. And they have to eat healthy dog food. While there are many things you can do to give your dog “an awesome day,” it’s important to first make sure that you’re taking care of the essentials. That will provide the framework that allows your dog to live his or her best life.

Take Care of Problems

Of course, while your dog will be full of potential for love and having fun, sometimes life might make it more difficult. Dogs can get problems in the same way that humans can. If you notice that your dog has some issue -- such as an injury -- don't delay getting it taken care of quickly. That may go without saying, but our dogs rely on us to make sound decisions for their health, with enough speed to ensure their best outcome.

Be With Other Dogs

Your dog will love you, but some dogs also want to have their own friends!  If that is true of your dog, can you find groups that’ll allow them to play with other dogs, or take them to a local dog park and allow them to find their own gang?  Your dog may not need that social contact at all and may just prefer to hang out with your family. It's fun to discover your own dog's personality!

How to make your dog happy
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  1. Love it! We have three, and two seem really happy all the time, but we do provide all three with the same. Long walks, good food, playtime, and each other!

    1. 😊 I think some dogs are just naturally more joyful for sure. Sunny has a natural happiness to her.


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